Despite Mayor Donald W. Ahlstrom's attempt to close the Fairmont Avenue fire station, the City Council is considering a plan to keep it open.
Ahlstrom, in his 1991 budget request, recommended that Station 5 be closed to save money. The building, he reasoned, needs extensive repairs. Fire Chief William Baglia requested $80,000 for the station next year.
Council President Louis Lombardo told the Council Monday night an engineer's study completed by the Public Works Department shows the station can be kept open for another couple of years for about $3,000.
Lombardo said this would give the city time to complete a study on the long-range outlook for fire protection, including a three-station concept.